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done more with cost containment or fixing medicare which is already broken instead of just expanding it. there's something in between doing nothing and just doing this bill, isn't there? >> of course, there's always something in between. and i think that the president spent a good deal of time trying to find a bipartisan solution, dealing with senator collins, senator grassley. come on, he spent the whole summer. i mean, i was pulling my hair out by the end of july or the beginning of august that they were still in this kind of scrum with the republican members on the finance committee. >> do you remember hanging on every word grassley said, every word snowe said? >> not really. >> collins? >> not really. >> a long time ago. >> so i think they tried. and at the end of the day, the republicans made a decision that they were just going to be at opposition and hoped that as rush limbaugh famously said, that the president would fail. >> oh, okay. all right. >> that's their political strategy. >> let me ask you -- well, because they could honestly believe that some of these things aren't the
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is being talked about, is extending the medicare payroll tax, not just extending the tax, but extending it to investment income. what that would allow you to do, you could lose the surtax that i mentioned. you could reduce the level or the impact of that cat cadillac tax on high cost insurance plans, which is very important to labor unions chor opposed to that tax even though the white house is for it. >> the house doesn't want to be a wall nflower. they only won by 1 in the house. don't think we're going to roll over for everything you tell us to do in the senate. i and i just wonder whether that starts getting louder. >> i've heard that argument from weinor and others. the house doesn't want to completely get rolled, but they're going to mostly get rolled. >> because they're the -- what is it in london? they're the commoners, i guess. >> they're in steerage on the titanic. >> they're not the senators -- >> john kerry, those types. >> we've modified. >> they're scrappers. >> it's sort ooh like on this show, joe is the house of representatives and becky and carl is the senate. >> becky
're exploding the size of government, and you should have been the resources we have, medicare cuts, trillions of dollars over 20 years, and using it to expand a brand new entitlement. if you reduce medicare by that much you should make it to make medicare insolvent, $23 trillion of unfunded liability. this concept of what's being done here n the end they can claim, we're giving health care to the main people but the real result is going to be -- government's not going to be affordable. >> colorado voters, they wanted reform. the piece in "the new york times," dying for health care reform, please, please. and then the actual bill itself, no one wants it. >> like "the new york times." >> that's in "the times," too. >> new york started out in the same boat and they changed their mind, leaders in new york city. >> there's a lot of second-guessing in massachusetts right now. >> the senator's going to be with us for the rest of the program. if you've got any comments or questions for him, anything you'd like to see us address on "squawk," go ahead and e-mail us at squawk@cnbc.com. >>> next up, what
of trillions of unfunded obligations for medicare. it results in higher health care costs as a result of gdp. if it passes, then doing nothing. we're punting on all the tough choices. >> does it pay for itself over ten years? >> fend depends on who you ask. i think it does, but part of the reason it pays for itself over ten years is you get revenues in some savings for all ten years. and certain expenditures don't last all ten years. they last fewer years than that. there are differences of opinion about whether or not it pays for itself beyond ten years. the cbo says that it does. but what people don't want to read is, all the different qualifications and caveats that the cbo puts on that basically saying we have serious concerns about whether or not this is -- will happen and be sustainable. >> the cbo is not giving this a clean bill of health even though politicians who are pushing this through have been holding this up. you were the comptroller general. we've heard from other people who are concerned about the pushback on the states, the amount that it's going to be dumping back on them
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, and a super majority in the senate, how in the world do you think we're going to tackle things like medicare and social security? >> that's one of the things that bothers the american people is when they see how government has functioned not just in the last year but prior there, too. but i think people who are expecting a year ago with a new administration that you were going to see different -- a different style of behavior in congress, probably become pretty disillusioned in the last year. incidentally, over the longer term, it's going to work extraordinarily well. i mean, we have not come close to fulfilling the potential of this country or our people. but we are going through a rough patch now. and it ties in very directly with what you said in terms of jobs. nm y until you get jobs -- a better jobs picture, you're not going to have a happy american public. >> as a cornhusker, did you not like that -- what do they call it, the cornhusker husk or whatever it is? were you embarrassed by that as well? >> i don't think it was that popular out here. i think the whole idea -- if you look at t
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